Thursday, April 28, 2016

Anthony Joseph Walck,

Anthony Joseph Walck

Birth: Sep. 30, 1830, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany.
Death: Oct. 12, 1909, Cowley County, Kansas.

Parents: Andrew Walck (1794 - 1839), Catherine Kopf Werst (1799 - 1894).

Wife: Mary Anne Beaver Walck (1835 - 1893).

Children: Samuel Walck (1857 - 1925), Anna Maria Walck Winkley (1860 - 1932), Andrew Jackson Walck (1863 - 1940), Lavina Helena Walck Moore (1865 - 1953).

Siblings: John Walck (1819 - 1903), Anna Marie Walck Busch (1825 - 1890), Anthony Joseph Walck (1830 - 1909), Adam Walck (1834 - 1920), Andrew Ruben Walck (1837 - 1893), John A Werst (1840 - 1923).

Burial:, Red Bud Catholic Cemetery, Cowley County, Kansas.

Red Bud Kansas.

Red Bud Post office opened March 12, 1873 and closed September 30, 1910.

Redbud, a country post office in Maple township, Cowley county, is 15 miles northwest of Winfield, the county seat, and 5 miles north of Udall. the nearest shipping point. The population in 1910 was 10.

A. J. WALCK, farmer and stock-raiser, Section 22, P. O. Red Bud. Deserving of special mention among the representative citizens of the county is the subject of this sketch. Mr. W. came to Kansas, locating on present farm, in July, 1871. Has been very successful as a farmer, and has done much toward developing the interests of Maple Township. Has been identified officially, at present being District and Township Clerk. Mr. Walck is a native of Ohio; was born in Auglaize County, September 30, 1830.  Was reared in his native State.

He was an early settler of Fayette County, Iowa, which was his home for eleven years. In 1866, removed to Dent County, Mo., where he resided until coming to Cowley County, Kan., in July, 1871. His wife was formerly Miss Mary A. Beaver, of Pennsylvania. They have six children - John A., Samuel, Annie M., Andrew J., Lovina and Melvina. During the war, Mr. W. enlisted in Company E, Thirty-eighth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, serving six months; was discharged on account of disability.

Iowa 38th. infantry Co. A.

Walck, Anthony J. Age 31. Residence Fayette, nativity Ohio. Enlisted
Aug. 15, 1862. Mustered Sept. 6, 1862. Discharged for disability
Feb. 4, 1863, St. Louis, Mo.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016



Sheriff of Jackson County, was born December 15, 1859, in Fulton, Indiana. His family have been Americans for 150 years. He came to Kansas City 18 years ago and embarked in the grain business, in which he achieved a competency. Although taking a lively interest in politics he was in no sense a politician, much less an office-seeker, and his nomination for sheriff on the Republican ticket in 1900 was a great surprise to him. He was elected, the first Republican sheriff in Jackson County since the State went Democratic after the war.

Mr. Pontius has discharged the important and responsible duties of his office most admirably. He has especially won the praise of the bench and bar, the very men who have had the best opportunities to see and judge his work. He has kept politics in the background, and his personal attention has been given to his office, with the result that his deputies have been diligent and faithful. To meet Sheriff Pontius one would never know whether he was a Democrat or a Republican. In meeting him outside of his office one only remembers that he is A whole-souled gentleman. Mr. Pontius was re-nominated for sheriff on the Republican ticket, September 20, 1902.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Peter Robidoux.

Peter Robidoux.

Birth: Mar. 23, 1850, Saint-Remi, Quebec, Canada.
Death: Oct. 9, 1927, Wallace County, Kansas.

Peter Robidoux came to Kansas in 1868. He became a pioneer merchant in Wallace, and later a ranchman.

Wife: Alice Cecilia Barry Robidoux (1865 - 1942).

Children: Aline Mary Robidoux Madigan (1885 - 1954), Peter James Robidoux (1890 - 1923), Ramona Hortense Robidoux Bowman (1895 - 1980), Louis William Robidoux (1899 - 1974).

Burial: Wallace Township Cemetery Wallace, Wallace County, Kansas.

Peter Robidoux's store, Wallace. For many years, while the Union Pacific was building through western Kansas and Fort Wallace was active, Robidoux did a booming business. However, his trade declined, and one day in the 1890's after he had failed to sell a single item, he locked his doors and never reopened them. Approximately $20,000 worth of merchandise was left to rot on the shelves.

Monday, April 25, 2016

John A. Martin. .

1870. John A. Martin opened the first hardware store. In the fall of 1868.

Osage City was incorporated as a city of the third class about the last of April, 1872. The first city official was John A. Martin, Mayor.

Friday, April 22, 2016

William Sheffield Cowles, Comanding the Topeka.

COWLES, William Sheffield Rear-admiral U. S. N.; b. Farmington.Conn.; s. Thomas and Elizabeth (Sheffield)Cowles; appt'd to Naval Acad., July 21, 1863: grad. 1867; promoted to ensign, 1869, and roaster, 1870; commissioned lleut., 1871; lieut.- commander, 1892; commander, June 5, 1899; capt., Nov. 2, 1902. Served on Minnesota in Mediterranean Squadron, 1867-68; Pensacola and Saginaw in N. Pacific Squadron, 1868-70; Naval Observatory, Washington, D. C, 1870; Torpedo Station, Newport, R. I., 1871; practice gunnery ship Constellation, 1872; Alaska. Mediterranean, West Indies, 1873; Alaska, coast of Africa, 1874-1905-06; Tennessee and Monocacy, China station, 1877-78-79 and 80: Navy Yard, N. Y., 1881-82; flag-lleut., N. Atlantic Squadron, 1882-1903-04; sec. Bd. Inspec- tion Merchant Ships, N. Y. City (during this detail served three weeks on Isthmus of Panama, guarding transit across the Isthmus, property of Panama R. R. Co., and property of Am. citizens on the Isthmus), 1884-86; comd'g Despatch, 1887-89 and 1890-91; naval aide to Sec. of Navy, and in charge Naval Militia, 1891-92; naval attache. U. S. Embassy. London, 1893-97; comd'g Fern. North Atlan- tic Squadron, 1897-98; comd'g Topeka, 1898-99 ass't to Bureau of Navigation, 1899-1903; comd'g battleship Missouri, 1903-04; comd'g Topeka, April. 1898, to 1899: assistant. 1899- 1903, chief of Bureau of Equipment, Washing- ton, D. C, since Jan. 23, 1906. with rank of rear-admiral. Address: Navy Dep't, Wash- ington, D. C.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Samuel Howell Kelsey.

Samuel Howell Kelsey.

Birth: Mar. 14, 1844.
Death: Jun. 4, 1908.

From WHO'S WHO IN TOPEKA, 1905  

Kelsey, S. H.--Born in Rush Co. Ind., March 14, 1844; son of Joab and Sarah (Broadaway) Kelsey; prepared to enter Univ. of Ind., but Civil War going on, enlisted in 84th Ind. Vol. Inf.; mustered out, Nashville, Tenn., July 1865; taught school, winter of 1866-67; steward and quarter master, Ind. Soldiers' and Seaman's Home 1868-69; to Leavenworth, Kan., Dec. 1869; in furniture business Atchison, over 23 years; to Okla. 1893; apptd. expert acct. to audit books of Agrl. Coll. and experiment station; apptd. pres. board of regents of Agrl. Coll;
has been in fire ins., real estate and loan business for a number of years; has been councilman, member board of education and 2 terms mayor of Atchison, Kansas; apptd. adj gen. of Kan. Feb. 1903; married Esther Huron in Indiana, Aug. 1870. Office: State Capitol.

Burial: Elmwood Cemetery, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Dennis Kansas..

DENNIS. The first house in Dennis was the railroad depot, erected in the fall of 1880. In the spring of 1881 William Current put up a store building, in which he placed a stock of gro- ceries; this was the first store in town. John Webb and John Milligan put in another store in the spring of 1882, their stock consisting of general merchandise. A second stock of general merchandise was put in by W. H. Thorne, in the fall of 1883.

Mr. Thorne also put in a corn elevator and shipped grain, and put up the first substantial residence house in town. Subsequently John Mason put in a harness shop, L. Pedan a lumber yard, Wm. Cline a drug store, J. L. Wilson a hardware store, and Nelson Dunn a livery stable. The first hotel was put up by Mr. Acre, in the summer of 1885. It was not till December 21, 1883, that the plat of the town was filed in the office of the register of deeds, locating the town on sections 14 and 15, on the line of the Gulf Railroad, in Osage township. Lee Wilson was born to L. J. Wilson and wife December 24, 1884, the first child born in town. Two newspapers have been started in Dennis, but neither was able to maintain an existence, and they were moved away. One of the substantial business plants of this town is its flouring mill.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Zopher P. Ball.

Zopher P. Ball.

Birth: Oct. 31, 1854, Wapello County, Iowa.
Death: Mar. 5, 1932, Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas.

Zopher P. Ball married Elizabeth P. Adams on March 17, 1875 in Monroe, Iowa.

Parents: Mary Ann Modley Ball (1819 - 1888).

Wife: Elizabeth P. Adams Ball (1855 - 1907).

Children: Grace M., Bertha A., W. S., Edna M Ball Stitt (1891 - 1985).

Siblings: Aaron Harlin Ball (1846 - 1921), Lewis Samuel Ball (1849 - 1908), Nancy Ann Ball Bennison (1850 - 1941), Zopher P. Ball (1854 - 1932), James Douglas Ball (1856 - 1919), Dennis Milton Ball (1861 - 1878).

Burial: Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Goddard, Sedgwick County, Kansas.

Mr. Ball  Lived in Barber County Kansas in 1905 Settled in Eagle township lived on section 28.
He was a farmer and Stock Raiser on his 80 acres added another 80 acres to the farm in section 27.  His post office address was Eagle Kansas.

Wm. E. S. Hildreth.

Wm. E. S. Hildreth.

Birth: Jun. 4, 1859.
Death: May 17, 1909.

Married 1888.

Parents: Thomas and Lucy A.Hildreth.

Wife: Mary M. Hildreth (1864 - 1905).

No children found.

Burial: Le Roy Cemetery, Le Roy, Coffey County, Kansas.

Mr. Hildreth lived in Coffey County Kansas Settled in the town of Le Roy Kansas.
In 1901 he was the owner of the Le Roy House.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Jacob Cooper Houser.

Jacob Cooper Houser.

Birth: 1857, Pennsylvania.
Death: Mar. 17, 1941.

No marker.

Wife: Alice M. Houser.

Children : Inice W., Bomice M., Stella E., Raymond R., Alma A. Houser

Burial: Grainfield Cemetery, Grainfield, Gove County, Kansas.

Mr. Houser came to Gove county Kansas in 1884, settled in the town of Grainfield, Kansas.
In 1907 he was the Prop. of a Hotel and was a Dealer of Real Estate.